It seems that Newcastle are being linked with at least two center-backs this Sunday, and news in the Sunday Mirror today that Newcastle are interested in Dutch Under-21 international Virgil van Dijk, who plays at Groningen.
Virgil van Dijk – on Newcastle’s radar screen for the summer
We were first linked with the 21 year-old a year ago, and he fits the profile of players Newcastle will try to get into the club in the summer, and we may need a center-back if Fab Coloccini leaves in the summer.
Other English clubs said to be interested in the player include Everton, Swansea, Southampton, Reading and even Manchester United.
His club Groningen are allowing the 6’4″ defender to talk to English Premier League clubs, and if the player is on Newcastle’s radar list this summer, you can bet that Newcastle have already been in contract with the 21 year-old.
It’s also thought that Everton and Newcastle are in the lead for the player, and he has been regularly watched by Newcastle scouts over the last twelve months.
Groningen want around £5M for Van Dijk, which is well within Newcastle’s budget, and Virgil at only 21 has already made around 60 appearances for Groningen with 7 goals, after making his debut in April of 2011 against ADO Den Haag – Tim Krul’s former club.
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